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The Problem with Charismatic Leaders

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The Problem with Charismatic Leaders Some people join third parties because of the charismatic personality of the party’s candidate. If the leader leaves the party, however, the party often collapses, which is what happened to the Reform Party in the mid-1990s. Founded by Ross Perot after his first presidential bid in 1992, the Reform Party served as Perot’s base for his 1996 campaign. After Perot decided not to run again, however, the Reform Party’s political clout declined dramatically. In 2000, the party split in two over the candidacy of former Republican Pat Buchanan. Neither Buchanan nor his Reform Party rival gained many votes, and the party has largely disappeared from the national stage. The Role of Third Parties Despite their lack of success in the polls, third parties can affect American politics in a number of ways: Introduce new ideas: Third parties propose many government policies and practices.
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